Savage reveals the reasons he'd pick Harry Kane as Player of the Year

The Tottenham striker has scored a superb 29 goals this season, and it led Savage to compare the 21-year-old with former Liverpool star Luis Suarez.

It's fair to say Robbie Savage isn't a popular figure at White Hart Lane. The former Wales midfielder was a pantomime villain for many during his playing career, but Spurs fans haven't forgot how Savage got defender Justin Edinburgh sent off in the League Cup final in 1999, a match that the Londoners went on to win.

Now a BBC pundit, Savage was discussing on the BBC Sport website the six Premier League players he would select for a Player of the Year shortlist, with the 40-year-old choosing: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, David De Gea, Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham's own Harry Kane

Explaining his reason for choosing Kane, Savage was keen to point out how important the recent England international has been for his side.

"His first Premier League start or goal this season did not come until November but, the way he is going, he will end up with the Golden Boot," said the Welshman. "At the moment he is joint-top scorer with Costa."

"Wherever I am - in the car listening to the radio, or in a TV studio - when I hear that Spurs have scored, then I just know it is Kane who has found the net."

With Costa facing a spell out injured after coming off during Chelsea's win over Stoke, Kane's chances of pulling away from the Brazilian-born Spaniard are even higher, and the first task for the Englishman will be helping Spurs claim three points at Turf Moor on Sunday.

And picking an outright winner from his shortlist of six, Savage went with the Spurs star who has taken the Premier League by storm this season

"If I still had a vote I would have to give it to Kane," he added. "He has come from nowhere to have an amazing season, which keeps getting better - as his goal after 79 seconds of his England debut showed.

"His impact as one individual on his team is more than any other player on my shortlist and comparable to what Luis Suarez did for Liverpool last season.

"Kane's goals have won more points than anyone else in the top flight, and 41% of Tottenham's total.

"Also, he is not playing in a team of superstars who are creating chance after chance for him, like Costa at Chelsea for example. Again, like Suarez, he is able to score goals on his own.

"With Kane no-one could have predicted what he has done. To even get the chance in the Premier League he had to earn his place in the Spurs team with his displays in the Europa League.

"Will he win the award? I think so. All the players have been voting this week and his brilliant form will be fresh in their minds."

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